Community Based Independent Retailer Award
January 07, 2008
According to Bill Tatsuda, owner of Tatsuda's IGA, located in Ketchikan, the award brings with it a continued responsibility to his customers. "We strive to bring our customers the preferred shopping experience in Ketchikan each and every day," Tatsuda said. "We are able to compete with larger stores because we know our customers and our community, and we care about the needs of both. That's the IGA way, and we're proud to be a part of an Alliance of independents retailers who are recognized for quality and caring. We'll continue to meet the needs of our customers and stand up to the responsibility this award brings."
"Independent grocers in
the United States continue to be vital players in the supermarket
industry today, and some of them are often on the cutting edge
food retailing," Olszeski Tortola said. "IGA is living
proof that growth, innovation, and retailing excellence thrives
within the independents' ranks. Most pointedly, IGA embodies
the drive to constantly evolve, the intimate local market knowledge,
and the strong shopper connections that define the modern successful
independent grocery company."
IGA is the world's largest
voluntary supermarket network with aggregate worldwide retail
sales of more than $21 billion per year. The Alliance includes
nearly 4,000 Hometown Proud Supermarkets worldwide, supported
by 36 distribution companies and more than 55 major manufacturers,
vendors and suppliers encompassing everything from grocery to
equipment items. IGA has operations in 46 of the United States
and more than 40 countries, commonwealths and territories on
all six inhabited continents.
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